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April 15, 2012, 09:47:59 AM
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Just curious, are there any bitcoin clubs in schools?  For those in the education sector, what do you think of setting up such clubs?  I think that such clubs will be useful for spreading the awareness of Bitcoins.  Any opinions?
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April 15, 2012, 10:28:54 AM
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I think its a great idea but those who dont know will be sure to get the entire argument about sex, drugs and techno out and shoved down anyone's throat who try's this by concerned parents.

If someone is able, its a great way to change the views though.
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April 15, 2012, 12:17:11 PM
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Bitcoin is in a far too early stage to have such clubs.

IMO The client(s) needs a lot more refinement (AKA reaching version 1 to start with) before such clubs should even be considered.

And since most people have never heard of Bitcoin, the students (and parents) will probably see it as a waste of time unfortunately. But I do think Bitcoin certainly deserves a spot amongst some Economics and Networking/Computer Science lectures which would open up some more discussion.

Another point would be what age group you are referring to?

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April 15, 2012, 02:05:19 PM
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My kid attends a technical school here in town. I've thought of introducing their class to some kind of Bitcoin project like show them what it is, how it works and give each student $1. Then ask them to barter with the rest of the class over a month. Suggest that some can invent or create products and services (like crafts or something). There will be some producers, some consumers, some speculators just like what we're doing. One day a week the teacher could let the kids go barter wild for a half hour talking about their good or service. At the end of the month we'd take a tally of how many bitcoins each student had and measure the economy. They could write reports on their experience. My only hesitance is their grade is borderline not ready for this, i.e. next year would be better. The year is almost up anyway.

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April 15, 2012, 02:12:48 PM
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Just curious, are there any bitcoin clubs in schools?  For those in the education sector, what do you think of setting up such clubs?  I think that such clubs will be useful for spreading the awareness of Bitcoins.  Any opinions?

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What if some high school teachers introduced Bitcoin to their Economics 101 class? What if somebody started a Bitcoin Club in school? The club's main role could be to help the other clubs, in their school, raise funds for their special projects. Juniors always raise the capital needed to make the prom a success for themselves and the Seniors (who did the same the year prior). The beauty of this idea--it's these kids that will have the first opportunity to use Bitcoin on a daily basis once their out of school. They'll always know that their the ones who helped fledge it and gave it wings to soar.

Allow me to do the math on this. I think you'll find it interesting.

There are approximately 63,000 public schools in America. Say only 1/3 of them start a Bitcoin Club. That equals 21,000 schools. Now let's say that each club has, on average, 10 members. That equals 210,000 students. (if you see where this is going, please don't tell the rest of the class). Now imagine if each student spends, on average, $100 worth of Bitcoin during the course of a school year. That would equal $21,000,000. Does this number look familiar?

But instead of calling it the Bitcoin Club, for you would never have a PayPal Club or Dollar Club, dub it the Crypto-Currency Club (CCC), with Bitcoin being the only true crypto-currency currently available. I'll bet we'd be surprised of what ideas today's youth will come up with for using Bitcoin.

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April 16, 2012, 12:54:09 AM
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For those in the education sector, what do you think of setting up such clubs?

Heh, not sure if the success/fail outcome for the first attempt was ever determined:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=8492.0
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?board=17.0

[Update: "failure":
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=8492.msg311944#msg311944
"most of my hopes (of developing an internal market inside the college based on bitcoin) came to nothing, but there were some minor success". ]

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April 16, 2012, 06:18:07 AM
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I'm guessing the first kid to pull off a bitcoin club in their high school will be the next Mark Zuckerberg...

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April 17, 2012, 01:04:19 AM
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Just curious, are there any bitcoin clubs in schools?  For those in the education sector, what do you think of setting up such clubs?  I think that such clubs will be useful for spreading the awareness of Bitcoins.  Any opinions?

I penned the following a while back:

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What if some high school teachers introduced Bitcoin to their Economics 101 class? What if somebody started a Bitcoin Club in school? The club's main role could be to help the other clubs, in their school, raise funds for their special projects. Juniors always raise the capital needed to make the prom a success for themselves and the Seniors (who did the same the year prior). The beauty of this idea--it's these kids that will have the first opportunity to use Bitcoin on a daily basis once their out of school. They'll always know that their the ones who helped fledge it and gave it wings to soar.

Allow me to do the math on this. I think you'll find it interesting.

There are approximately 63,000 public schools in America. Say only 1/3 of them start a Bitcoin Club. That equals 21,000 schools. Now let's say that each club has, on average, 10 members. That equals 210,000 students. (if you see where this is going, please don't tell the rest of the class). Now imagine if each student spends, on average, $100 worth of Bitcoin during the course of a school year. That would equal $21,000,000. Does this number look familiar?

But instead of calling it the Bitcoin Club, for you would never have a PayPal Club or Dollar Club, dub it the Crypto-Currency Club (CCC), with Bitcoin being the only true crypto-currency currently available. I'll bet we'd be surprised of what ideas today's youth will come up with for using Bitcoin.

~Bruno~


Hard to believe when we have all these other alternate chains up and coming. Don't be so close minded to think that bitcoin will be the ONLY cryptocurrecy. Even MySpace got overtaken being the "first successful social media site" by Facebook.

Keep your mind open to the fact that alternate chains (more of them) may end up emerging.
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April 17, 2012, 02:28:38 AM
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My kid attends a technical school here in town. I've thought of introducing their class to some kind of Bitcoin project like show them what it is, how it works and give each student $1. Then ask them to barter with the rest of the class over a month. Suggest that some can invent or create products and services (like crafts or something). There will be some producers, some consumers, some speculators just like what we're doing. One day a week the teacher could let the kids go barter wild for a half hour talking about their good or service. At the end of the month we'd take a tally of how many bitcoins each student had and measure the economy. They could write reports on their experience. My only hesitance is their grade is borderline not ready for this, i.e. next year would be better. The year is almost up anyway.
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I'll be thinking of the same thing in 6 years :p

by then most 12 year old would be buying Weed with bitcoin, from their local dealer, on their own.... what' you gana do...kids!   Wink

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April 17, 2012, 02:35:01 AM
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I'm a current student heading off to college next year and have brought up bitcoin among friends before. A number of them find it very interesting and have gone and looked into it more. I believe this is something that should eventually show up somewhere with enough student interest. I've even considered selling things to other students using bitcoins in an attempt to set up a sort of localized practice economy. An environment with low levels of true capitol invested for a taste of how proper investment works. It's a cool idea.

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